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St. Peter Port, Guernsey
Guernsey

The British island of Guernsey is the second largest Channel Island and is located 48 km west of the Normandy coast in France and it offers visitors a mild climate, breathtaking scenery and a peaceful atmosphere. Between the large sandy beaches to the north and the rocky cliffs in the south, you’ll find wooded valleys, swamps and winding country roads. Guernsey enjoys nearly 2,000 hours of sunshine a year, making it one of the sunniest places in the British Isles. St. Peter Port is the capital of this British territory.

Guernsey was occupied by the Germans during World War II and several sites can be visited there today.

Useful Information

Language

English and a Franco-Norman dialect

Currency

GBP
Guernsey Pound who is on par with the Stirling Pound. Both currencies are accepted.

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XE

Time difference

UTC: 0

from New York: +5h

from San Francisco: +7h

from London: None

Tips

5% to 10% will be appreciated in restaurants and taxis.

Weather
°C °F

MonthTemperature (Celsius)Temperature (Fahrenheit)Precipitations
Minimum
Maximum
(mminch)
January
5 41
8 46
190.75
February
4 39
9 48
160.75
March
5 41
10 50
160.75
April
6 43
11 52
130.50
May
9 48
14 57
120.50
June
11 52
17 63
100.50
July
13 55
19 66
100.50
August
14 57
20 68
110.50
September
13 55
18 64
130.50
October
11 52
15 59
150.50
November
8 46
11 52
190.75
December
6 43
10 50
190.75

Where is locate the St. Peter Port

The wharf at St Peter Port Is located near the centre of the city. The ships are moored and the tender service reaches St Julians Wharf.

Shops are closed on Sundays.

Travelling around the port of St. Peter Port, Guernsey

The attractions of St. Peter Port are within walking distance. To get to other sites on the island, the bus network is very efficient. The route of the 91 bus goes around the island clockwise for 2 pounds, or 4.50 pounds for a one-day pass.

Activities in St. Peter Port, Guernsey

Landmarks

Miniature church decorated with pebbles, shells and broken porcelain.

A mansion built in the 13th century that has undergone alterations over time and its various owners. You can visit the house and its gardens.

Historical sites

The German Military Underground Hospital and Ammunition Store is the largest structural reminder of the German Occupation existing in the Channel Islands.

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The medieval castle is about a 25-minutes walk from the harbour. First built in the 13th century, the fortification was rebuilt and enlarged by Henry VIII and Elizabeth I in the 1600s. Its last use as a military fortress was during the German occupation of World War II. In 1947, King George VI gave the castle to the islanders to turn into a museum. The Cornet Castle Museum tells its story and displays instruments of war and soldiers' uniforms. A 32-pound cast iron cannon signals noon time every day.

Museums

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Learn about the history of the German occupation of the island during World War II.

The Maritime Museum examines the development of the fishing industry on the island as well as the history of maritime links from the island to England and France from photographs and models of boats. Three other sections are devoted to the RAF (Royal Air Force), the Royal Guernsey Light Infantry and the Militia. The museum is open daily from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Be mindful to plan the time you want to spend there, as you could spend the day going through all the exibitions.

Located a 15-minute walk from the Esplanade. The museum traces the history, archaeology and natural history of the island. A section is devoted to the Guernsey dairy cow, imported from France in the 10th century and eventually developed into one of the most popular breeds in the world, with its milk high in vitamin A, fat and protein. Victorian gardens are full of flowers and feature the oldest heated greenhouses in the British Isles. The Museum is open daily from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. The gardens are free.

The tapestries illustrate 1000 years of local history in ten panels, each panel covering a century of history.

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The home of one of the island’s most famous residents. The house (Hauteville House) is decorated as left by Victor Hugo in 1870.

Nearby

This small, self-contained island is 45 minutes from St. Peter Port by ferry and you won’t find cars there. The Lordship is the residence of the ruler of the island. You can visit its gardens and a maze.

The smallest island in the Channel Islands is 20 minutes from St. Peter Port. It’s the perfect place to go for walking and kayaking. The water is probably too cold to bathe. See also the stained glass windows of the 11th century chapel.

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